Introduction to T’ai Chi Chuan
Check out our schedule of classes to see what is currently available for new beginners.
Beginners’ T’ai Chi Course
For in-person classes, the 37-posture Form is taught in at least 36 classes, divided into three sections: B1, B2, and B3. There is flexibility in the schedule for instructors to adapt to the needs of the students, so the length of the course may be extended as needed. Tai chi courses taught via live-stream can be extended even further to allow for the challenges of learning online. The moves of the form are thoroughly explained and practiced in classes that normally meet once a week for an hour. Students are encouraged to develop a daily practice – a little bit each day, morning and evening, yields the best results over time. See our class schedule for a list of available classes.
Classes taught online via Zoom are currently being offered for half price, $40 for each set of 4 consecutive weekly classes. Tuition for in-person classes, when we are able to offer them again, is payable in blocks of four classes for $80, or 12 for $210 (a $30 discount). Free make-ups available for missed classes, $10 per class to repeat in-person classes.
Roots and Branches Qi Gong™
Based on the work of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing, these simple movements, taken from the T’ai Chi form, promote healthy energy flow, relaxed breathing, and stress reduction. They offer a very direct route to a deeper understanding of T’ai Chi principles that are the basis of the T’ai Chi Form — and they are fun to learn!
In Five Element Roots and Branches QiGong™, we cycle through the five elements, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire, to experience how they benefit us physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Each element has a corresponding color, sound, emotion, and season.
This is an excellent course for new students, as well as a valuable addition for more advanced students, and is offered in weekly classes live-streamed via Zoom, and in special workshops. For a detailed description click here.
The Eight Ways Of T’ai Chi Chuan
Instruction in The Eight Ways of T’ai Chi Chuan introduces the fundamental principles of T’ai Chi movement essential to balance and relaxation. The Eight Ways are easy to learn and to perform and they require less time and space to practice than the T’ai Chi form.
For the T’ai Chi student, The Eight Ways deepens our embodiment of the form and accelerates our progress in the art.
The Eight Ways are also ideal for people who are recovering from injury or illness, or who have not exercised in a long time. They allow each person to practice at his or her own level.
Special attention is given to applying these principles of movement to our daily activities so that the benefits of T’ai Chi are taken into everything we do.
The Eight Ways of T’ai Chi Chuan℠ is a Servicemark of the T’ai Chi Foundation, Inc.
Advanced T’ai Chi Classes
We offer a complete curriculum for continuing study. Each course focuses on a different aspect of the art. Emphasis is on the principles of relaxed movement which are essential to progress. The following is a listing of our advanced curriculum of study. In most cases, each course is a prerequisite for the course that follows:
As in any art, there are fundamental elements that provide a basis on which one’s practice may grow and flourish. In our course, Fundamentals, we include a thorough review of the Beginning Form to fill any gaps in our “body memory,” examining in detail each posture and transition. This helps develop the postures of your form with a stronger foundation. The movements of the form, based on deeper practice of T’ai Chi’s underlying principles, provide increased health, awareness, and balance. (30 hours divided into three sections: F1, F2, F3.)
Push Hands 1
In this course, we introduce the work with partners known as “push hands.” Despite the connotation, “push hands” is taught in a non-confrontational way, focusing on our own stability, balance, and ability to interact with each other in harmony. (20 hours)
In this course, we progress to a deeper and more internal understanding and practice of the form. New concepts are introduced that enable us to integrate our form and push hands practice as one body of knowledge. (20 hours)
Push Hands 2
A continuation of Push Hands 1, but with the two-hand sequence and the principle of yielding introduced. In this course we establish a clear understanding and embodiment of push hands practice, refining our technique, sensitivity, and awareness of ourselves in relation to others. (30 hours)
Push Hands 3
In this advanced course, we focus on both form and push hands using self-observation to increase our awareness and release tension from specific parts of the body. Relaxation is emphasized with various breathing and meditation techniques used. (30 hours)
Intermediate Form Corrections
Our curriculum alternates the study of the form with the study of push hands. The insights we’ve gained in Push Hands 3 are used to further refine our intermediate form practice. (20 hours)
Open Push Hands / Sword Form
The art of T’ai Chi Chuan has three main branches: the Form, Push Hands, and the Sword. In the Form, we learn about ourselves: our health, our balance, our ability to relax. In learning Push Hands, we expand our awareness to include interacting with a partner. Listening for tension and relaxation, we learn to stay relaxed and rooted to the ground while playing with the energy of our partner’s movement. After Push Hands, we expand our consciousness still further with the longer reach of the sword. With the Sword Form and Fencing, we now have moving feet rather than the fixed feet of Push Hands. We use the sword as an extension of our body and feel, through this tool, the expression of our spirit.
Apprentice Program / Teacher training
An extensive program designed to train students to become teachers is available to more advanced students, on the recommendation of their instructors. Coursework includes advanced work in form, push hands, and sword.